“You speak of justice, yet you are cruel to those most in need of your help.”
It’s difficult to put into words how important this scene is to me. The bystander effect is an extremely real phenomenon that occurs far too often, and in other times when you see your fellow man speaking out against an injustice, you shrink away and hope the trouble he attracts doesn’t follow you.
Ever since I was a child I caused trouble for speaking out for what I believed in, and I have been silenced, and I have lost more battles than I won. I thankfully never got backlash from my parents for that. I think it’s also partly my dad got into his own type of trouble for doing what he believed in, and he was a firm believer in speaking out for what was right and just.
Don’t stay silent. Speak out.
Esmeralda is the eighth in my Disney Women Series.